Published by Staff Writers, 24 September 2018 on foxsports.com.au
TOM Mitchell’s year of blue-collar brilliance is set to be rewarded on Monday evening when he is a near certainty to take home the Brownlow Medal.
The Hawthorn midfielder is the hot favourite to be presented with the AFL’s most prestigious individual honour after a runner-up finish last year.
Mitchell would be a deserved champion after a stunning season in which he averaged 36 disposals a game and was fifth for tackles laid.
Bookmakers have Mitchell a near certainty to win, rating him about a $1.50 chance — the next best is Tigers megastar Dustin Martin, who’s listed about $8.
Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn and Collingwood ruck Brodie Grundy are expected to poll well but would need to defy recent history to claim the “midfielders medal”.
Before that, some of the biggest names in the game will strut their stuff on the red carpet.